New Delhi: The Central Information
Commission has directed the External Affairs Ministry to make
public details of "private visit" undertaken by its Minister SM Krishna to the United Kingdom in June this year.
Based on media reports that Krishna got his five-day
visit in June this year extended to watch a Wimbeldon
match, activist Subhash Agrawal had sought to know from the
External Affairs Ministry complete information on purpose of
the trip and file notings made while planning it.
He also sought to know daily programme schedule of his
visit. Both queries were denied by the Ministry saying
disclosure may have an impact on foreign relations.
After perusing the file related to the visit of the
foreign minister, Gandhi said some file notings specially the
pages, where it was mentioned that extended period of visit
was private for which the Minister made payments from his
pocket, can be disclosed.
"Page six of the noting may be relevant since it mentions
that the Foreign Minister`s visit for second and third July
2011 was private and payment for these days has been made by
the Minister," Gandhi said while directing to disclose this
information after severing the sensitive portions.
He accepted the plea of Ministry that the record of
discussions of the Foreign Ministers with various people of
different countries could not be disclosed.
Gandhi, however, directed the Ministry to disclose Program
Schedule made before the visit titled "Suggested Tentative
Program for the visit of SM Krishna Hon’ble Minister of
External Affairs" after blanking out mobile phone numbers
mentioned in files.